“Jesus said to them, ‘Come Away with Me.’ Let us go alone to a quiet place and rest for a while.”
Mark 6:31

We as people and spiritual leaders have been in the unique, precarious, and unpredictable time often described as “building a new plane while we are flying it. ” In this liminal space ─ between what was and what is unfolding ─ researchers, and your human and real stories alike, are expressing, “We are tired,” “We are exhausted,” We are anxious.”

Our response?

You are invited to “come away” with Christ and rest. Come be in nature, with a community of fellow-searchers, and engage in spiritual practices that renew our minds and hearts.

Who: All active ministers and church leaders of Grace Presbytery (teaching elders, commissioned pastors, chaplains, Christian educators)

Format: Two retreat options, each consisting of two weekends. Please make every effort to attend both sessions of the retreat you choose.

Retreat One
Monday, January 31, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. ─ Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 20 at 5:00 p.m. ─ Friday, April 22 at 5:00 p.m.

Retreat Two
Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. ─ Friday, February 18, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.
Monday, May 2 at 5:00 p.m. ─ Wednesday, May 4 at 1:00 p.m.

Location: Camp Gilmont

Why two sessions per retreat? Learning a new way of living and developing rhythm takes time and practice. It can feel awkward, or at least different, and it is most often messy. Some practices and shifts just don’t fit after we have tried them. We need time and a safe place to find what is right for us.

Objective: Church leaders will leave feeling lighter in body, heart, mind, and spirit. They will make new connections and reinforce existing relationships with God and colleagues that will sustain them for the journey ahead.

We will create space for church leaders to relax, have fun, connect with nature, God, and one another. In the first session of the retreat, participants will be given opportunities to “let go” of burdens they are carrying. In the second session, they will be offered ways to “rise up” and live today in a new way, reconnecting with their spark for ministry.


Rev. Erica Knisley, Director of Educational Design, Education Beyond the Walls, Austin Seminary
Rev. Dr. Steve Shive, Interim General Presbyter, Grace Presbytery
Rev. Dr. Clay Brantley, Director & Board Member, Retreat House Spirituality Center
Others: Austin Seminary Faculty & Retreat House Staff

Sponsored by: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and Grace Presbytery

“Come get away with God and rest; learn the unforced rhythms of grace and to live more freely and lightly.”  ─ Matthew 11:28